Jury Duty Here Comes the Fudge

Jury Duty Here Comes the Fudge

The (food)court is in session, and the judge is calling for five pounds of delicious fudge. This rich, chocolate treat takes less than 30-minutes, and can be made a variety of ways. Throw in chopped walnuts or pecans for a little crunch, or tweak the recipe and use white-chocolate. Either way, it?s a unanimous verdict: this stuff?s delicious.

You will need:

2 cups sugar
2 cups brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 cups canned evaporated milk
1 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 tablespoons butter
8 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3 cups walnuts or pecans, chopped
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You can also make white chocolate-coconut fudge, substituting white chocolate for the unsweetened chocolate and grated coconut for the cocoa.

  1. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil, overlapping the sides; butter the
    foil and set aside.

  2. Place chopped, unsweetened chocolate in a medium mixing bowl and set

  3. Combine the sugar, salt, corn syrup, evaporated milk, and cocoa in a
    heavy-bottomed saucepan.

  4. Stir the mixture together over low heat until dissolved, about 5 minutes.

  5. Increase heat to medium and slowly bring the mixture to a boil.

  6. Boil without stirring for 10 minutes, or until a candy thermometer
    reaches 232-234?F.

  7. Remove from heat and cool 2 minutes before adding and stirring in the
    butter and vanilla with a wooden spoon.

  8. Pour this hot mixture over the unsweetened chocolate and stir until

  9. Continue stirring for 5-10 minutes until the fudge begins to lose its

  10. Stir in the chopped nuts and scrape the mixture into the prepared pan.

  11. Smooth out the top; cover and refrigerate until firm.

  12. Summon your guests and serve (or better yet, serve a summons to our

  13. Sequester everyone until the kitchen is spotless.

Makes about 3 lbs.